Entries by Jayne McDonough

University of Utah Carolyn & Kem Gardner Commons

On November 9th, the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons celebrated its dedication as the University of Utah’s premiere example of interdisciplinary undergraduate academics.  MHTN Architects’ design addresses the U of U’s goal of a holistic academic environment that builds student community, by strategic proximities and detailed settings that invite students in a relaxed and […]

Tactile Urbanism & Creative Placemaking: In Search of Authenticity

After nearly a half century of Americans moving out of the cities into the suburbs beginning in the 1950’s, recent data from Strong Towns [1] suggests that Americans’ housing preferences may be beginning to shift. “56% of millennials and 46% of baby boomers prefer to live in more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods” often known as walkable […]

Your Healthcare Campus – Beginning a Successful Strategic Plan

Many healthcare institutions across the country have a “master plan” or perhaps have a document that shows physical locations of buildings on their campus with paths for growth which, often times, focuses on utility infrastructure and asking the question, “how much building can be developed on this site?” Deceptively, it is easier to rally around […]

Tight Envelopes Can Help Reduce & Regenerate Energy

You may have heard: Energy consumption in buildings accounts for nearly 40 percent of the total U.S. energy use. Heating and cooling loads represent the largest building-sector energy end-use. This fact alone is a big motivator to me to design building envelopes to place less burden on systems that expend energy. The exterior enclosure of […]

Fashion Remix

Gaudi Goddess
Every two years, local designers and architects along the Wasatch Front roll up their sleeves and pull out their glue guns to compete in Fashion Remix, IIDA Intermountain Chapter’s unconventional material’s challenge.  Each team is paired with a vendor to create wearable fashion made from interior materials.  Vendors range from flooring to furniture, with prizes given in a variety of categories including most innovative use of materials and best in show.  This year, teams were given an added challenge with the addition of a theme to this year’s event – Haute Couture inspired by Iconic Designers & Architects.

Each year amazing fashions are created from carpet tile menswear to ball gowns made from wallcovering.  We are excited to be partnered with Daltile this year, the industry leader in natural stone, porcelain and ceramic tile.

High School for the Future

Brighton High School has a rich tradition of excelling in academics, athletics and the arts. The collegiate aesthetic of the new Brighton High School creates an atmosphere to elevate those traditions. Ideas of openness, visibility, flexibility, collaboration, adaptability and technology are carefully integrated to support the district’s high school curriculum. Design Challenge: Systematically replace the […]